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EXCESS WEIGHT, OBESITY AND ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION


Insulin Resistance Stressful DisorderThe ability to achieve and sustain an erection depends on a complex interaction of sensory information, nerves, blood vessels, hormones and emotions. In particular, vascular tissue in the penis needs to fill with blood after nerves have carried sexual stimulation from the brain.

Regular failure to achieve an erection is called Erectile Dysfunction or ED. Estimates of the total number of American men who suffer from ED range from 15-30 million, according to the National Institutes of Health.

This stressful disorder is often linked to Insulin Resistance, an imbalance in blood glucose and insulin levels associated with excess weight and obesity. Being overweight can place extra strain on the cardiovascular system and disrupt the delicate balance required to achieve an erection and, therefore, cause ED.

Essentially, Erectile Dysfunction occurs when the body experiences a breakdown in the sequence of events that normally leads to an erection. The disruption can occur in nerve impulses to and from the brain, spine and penis or in the muscles, fibrous tissues and arteries in or near the corpora cavernosa – the two parallel chambers of the penis that fill with blood to create an erection.

Erectile Dysfunction and Insulin Resistance

Excess insulin created by Insulin Resistance is implicated in ED because it damages the endothelium of cardiovascular vessels. The endothelium is the layer on the inside of the vessel which secretes chemical mediators that instruct the vessel to contract or relax. To achieve an erection, a release of nitric oxide from the endothelium creates vascular dilation, which allows vessels to fill with blood. This influx of blood is necessary to achieve an erection. Any decrease in nitric oxide supply to the penis caused by the insulin-damaged endothelium lessens or prevents vascular dilation and contributes to erectile dysfunction.

Erectile Dysfunction and Insulin ResistanceErectile Dysfunction is not the same as premature ejaculation, a low sex drive or a low sperm count that results in male infertility, though one or more of these conditions may accompany ED. Occasional failure to achieve an erection (less than 20% of the time) can occur for a variety of reasons - such as drinking too much alcohol or extreme fatigue - and is not considered unusual. But a failure rate of more than 50% during the occasions when a man wants to have an erection usually indicates a problem that requires treatment. Erectile Dysfunction is much more common in older men - researchers estimate that half of men over age 60 have ED.

If neglected, excess weight gain can also lead to other conditions linked to ED like the cluster of increased risk factors for cardiovascular disease called Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X) as well as Pre-Diabetes, which, if neglected, can lead to irreversible Type 2 Diabetes. Between 35-50% of men with Diabetes experience ED because the disease can damage nerves and arteries, making it difficult to achieve an erection.

However, major weight loss can be achieved can by reversing Insulin Resistance, thus removing major factors in the onset of ED.

A Complexity of Factors

Insulin Resistance and Associated Conditions to EDA wide variety of physical and psychological conditions are associated with ED. These include prostate surgery, depression, stress, performance anxiety, kidney disease and hormonal imbalances. Because of the complexity of factors in an erection, ED can involve physical or psychological issues - or a combination of the two.

As many as 70% of ED cases are caused by cardiovascular diseases such as atherosclerosis. This disorder is a type of hardening of the arteries in which cholesterol, fat and other blood components build up in artery walls via poor diet and lack of regular exercise resulting in excess weight gain.

As the condition progresses, the arteries to the heart may narrow, reducing the flow of oxygen-rich blood and nutrients to the heart and brain. This restriction can also reduce blood flow to the tissues of the penis, causing ED.

Other excess weight and obesity-linked cardiovascular diseases that can cause ED are hypertension (high blood pressure) and high levels of triglycerides and LDL " bad" cholesterol in combination with low levels of HDL "good" cholesterol – all factors in reversible Metabolic Syndrome.

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